Journal No. 28 has been published and will be available to members at our January meeting.
Journal number 28 is devoted to the north side of Friday Street.
At the eastern river-side end, the buildings were built, mainly as warehouses, to serve the once thriving river trade. In the middle there was a substantial tannery, subsequently an iron works. These commercial and industrial premises have all been converted into attractive buildings for residential use. Another industrial building, a paper bag factory in the mid C20th, is now used as offices, currently vacant. Over the years a number of properties were bequeathed for charitable purposes, one group, including the White Lion, now closed, in 1624. At the western Duke Street end the use has been and still is for retail trade.
Ruth Gibson has had an interest in vernacular buildings since the early 1980s when she first joined the Group. What is significant about vernacular buildings is not only how they were built and what local materials were used, but also what they can tell us about their uses over time, sometimes about their owners. Ruth has applied her expertise to the buildings of Friday Street north. Some are the result of sub-division of older buildings, other of infill between existing buildings. Almost all the buildings are Grade II listed but Ruth has found that many of the listings are incorrect.
Recently, the Henley census group transcribed the census returns for Henley 1841 — 1901 and made the data available in a searchable database. The census data for the north side of Friday Street has been analyzed and presented in the form of graphs and tables with associated narrative. The reader can click on links to delve into more detail, to identify the occupations of the resident workers, the tanners, iron founders and chimney sweeps etc. and the people who shared their households. Readers are invited to go to:
to read and explore. For members without internet access a printed version will be made available.